The House Of Dandridge Combines In-Person Fundraiser and GoFundMe Campaign for LGBTQ Refugee Relief in Kenya

The House Of Dandridge Combines In-Person Fundraiser and GoFundMe Campaign for LGBTQ Refugee Relief in Kenya

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The House Of Dandridge Presents
a variety show and fundraiser for LGBTQ Refugee Relief in Kakuma, Kenya
Thursday, November 18, 2021
6:30 pm
The Stonewall Inn

Since August of 2020, our ringleader Chauncey and his friend Babs, along with a group of local and international activists have been advocating for a group of LGBTQ+ refugees in Block 13 of Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya who are in constant danger, facing transphobic and homophobic attacks and threats every moment of their days and nights there. Their houses were burned, all their belongings were lost forever. Lives were lost. Children and mothers displaced. Nightmares amplified. “Aluta Continua” means ‘the struggle continues’ and our comrades in Kakuma and around the world say it often to remind each other that we are all in this together and that the fight is far from over for equality and dignity. But, victory is certain. This month, the Freak Out family of artists and performers will be donating their time and talent to raise much-needed funds and awareness of the dire situation our LGBTQ+ siblings are facing. We have set up a GoFundMe campaign as well if you cannot attend and you’d still like to donate. (More information below)

Please join us if you can!
Thursday, November 18th
6:30-9 pm
The Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher Street in the heart of The West Village NYC
$5 suggested donation at the door (pay what you can)


This month we feature performances by:

Door: Michele
Cohost: Babs

We are raising relief funds for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya, particularly for those in Kakuma Refugee Camp. For many people, Kenya is considered a country of asylum, where victims of violence and torture may go to safely and peacefully await resettlement to a third country. For LGBTQ+ people though, who are lured to this country with the promise of asylum and protection, they become trapped there and face torture and abuse that is often even worse than the countries that they have fled. In Kenya, it is still very much illegal to be LGBTQ+. The government and the police are extremely corrupt and the agencies who are supposed to be there to help shelter and protect them are failing miserably. Disease and illness run rampant, especially in the refugee camps, with limited clean water and poor hygiene, as well as medical care that is archaic, when you can get it at all. Many cannot, due to the discrimination and homo/transphobia.

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Discrimination and homo/transphobia are also the source of brutal violence that leaves men, women, and children terrorized, physically and mentally scarred, crippled, maimed, and murdered. They are robbed, sliced, burned alive, stoned, beaten, and killed. If they try to report to the authorities, sometimes the treatment is worse than what they’re reporting. For LGBTQ+ people it is rarely possible to find work, especially in the refugee camps, or for the children to attend school. It’s simply too dangerous to try to integrate with the straight population. The money we raise will assist those who are unable to work to support themselves with things like vital nutrition, medication and first aid, warm bedding, educational supplies, and other basics that are necessary for survival. Please consider helping us to help them survive! CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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